When I moved some of my website from the old webhosting provider to the HostGator, I found one problem. The phpMyAdmin in their cPanel was unable to import large SQL files which I exported via mysqldump command from the previous location. Yes, there is a customer support by HostGator and they can import your SQL scripts you upload to your web account. However I didn't find this way comfortable because I simply do not like to wait for anyone. So I decided to find or create a script which could import the SQL dump file the better way than phpMyAdmin in HostGator's cPanel. Luckily, I have found BigDump script and save my developer time ;-)
How to import MySQL database using BigDump
You can find the BigDump script at www.ozerov.de/bigdump.php. It is only one simple PHP file which will do the job perfectly.So the first step is to upload your SQL file to the server. The next step is to edit the bigdump.php file. But don't worry, there are only few lines you need to edit for preparing for your import.
The first section needs to setup database connection. So provide your database host, name and login information:
$db_server = 'localhost';
$db_name = 'mydatabase';
$db_username = 'myusername';
$db_password = 'mystrongpassword';
The second section in the bigdump.php file is optional, however you can specify the SQL script file name:
$filename = 'databasedump.sql';
Save the file and upload it to the same location as your SQL file. Now point your web browser to this bigdump.php file. If you didn't specify a SQL file name in config section, you will be asked for it. If you did it, you should see the similar screen:
So click the Start import link and the progress information will appear. It should look like this:
As soon as the SQL import is done, you can delete the SQL dump and bigdump.php files from the server and start using your imported database. Using the BigDump script is fast and easy. Moreover it works where the phpMyAdmin fails and it is much faster then phpMyAdmin. Try it.
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